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of nuclear energy here in the u.s., we continue our coverage of japan's massive earthquake. you're watching "nightly business report" for monday, march 14. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> susie: good evening everyone. my colleague tom hudson is off tonight. it's day four of japan's monstrous earthquake and tsunami, and the full brunt of the damage is still unknown. the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000 and the country continues to battle the threat of a catastrophic nuclear accident. now japan is focused on the enormous human suffering, but attention around the world is also shifting to the economic consequences of the disaster. many economists believe the country is likely to slide into recession. so what will that mean for the rest of the world? suzanne pratt reports. >> reporter: there's no question the human toll of japan's epic earthquake and tsunam
reactors in japan spooked investor confidence, and stock markets around the world sold off. here in the u.s., the panic- selling swept through wall street, but the major averages rebounded by the close of trading. the dow tumbled 137 points, reversing a loss of nearly 300 points earlier in the session. the nasdaq fell 33, and the s&p was down 15. so what happens now? erika miller reports. >> reporter: the moment the opening bell rang on wall street, fear gripped the stock market. trader art cashin says the disaster in japan prompted many investors to dump their holdings at any price. >> when you can't sell what you want to sell, you sell whatever you can-- sometimes, your grandmother's necklace. you don't like to sell that, but if that's the only thing that gets you money, you have to do that. >> reporter: the dow's decline was serious, but the drop was far worse in japan. the nikkei lost more than 10%. most european markets also fell. the question for investors is what to do now? is the stock market overreacting to the crisis in japan, or does it pose a major threat to global growth? marke
. officials have been scrambling to avoid a meltdown ever since and are now asking the u.s. for help. >> in particular they have asked for additional types of equipment that will help provide water and other types of resources to ensure that the reactors continue to be cooled. >> reporter: fears of a full blown meltdown have spread all the way to tokyo located 150 miles from the plant. officials there have detected low levels of radiation and a shift in winds threatens to push it even further. even without a possible nuclear disaster, japan is facing its worst crisis since world war ii. death toll jumped to more than 2400 confirmed dead, but officials warn that number is likely to top 10,000. and now the country faces an economic crisis, as well. this morning japanese stocks plummeted more than 10%. as far as that radiation cloud, as i said, they have picked up low levels of radiation outside of tokyo, but there is another concern whether it intensifies and the wind shifts, it could head toward that area that was hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami that followed. >> as we hear
to threaten people there. the japanese government has reached out to the u.s. for nuclear advice. so, eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are now on their way to japan to try to help. rob and peggy? >> emily schmidt, thank you for that report. >>> and japanese officials dealing with the nuclear crisis are, quote, freaked out. that's according to one u.s. counterpart. >> that's putting it mildly. abc's akiko fujita joins us from narita, japan. so, how are the japanese people dealing with news of the leak? >> reporter: what we're seeing out in the stores is any indication, not dealing with it very well. we've heard of panic buying, even in tokyo, which you just heard is 170 miles south of the reactor. we have heard reports of stores being sold out of radios, flashlights, candles, fuel cans. essentially any emergency materials. we've also heard of grocery stores, their shelves being cleared. keep in mind that food and water was already in short supply immediately after the quake hit. people went out to the stores to stock up. now, with reports of the explosion today, peop
to rate disasters that only rated linganore levels. >> the u.s. has already conducted helicopter missions along the battered coastline and found a few isolated communities of survivors. >> wease alan -- we found essentially hundreds of people, 100 at this place, to wonder at this place. it is just a matter of getting them out -- 200 at this place. it is just a matter of getting them out. >> the u.s. carrier ronald reagan is still off the shore of japan launching aircraft loaded with supplies. but the shift moved further on tuesday after some crewmembers tested positive for low levels of radiation. -- further out to sea after some crewmembers tested for low levels of radiation european pet energy officials are applying stress tests to their plant and germany officials have switched off some of their plants, one of them permanently. >> the nuclear crisis in japan comes just as america had finally started to get past its discomfort with nuclear power, caused more than 30 years ago by three mile island. >> it is called the nuclear present -- renaissance, the growing acceptance in recent years
from his national security team as the u.s. sends more support to japan. >> an explosion in one reactor and fire in another sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air and left a boiling pool of nuclear fuel at the plant. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 12-20 kilometer radius from the no. 1 plant. >> levels of radiation spite, then dropped sharply by the end of the day. the government impose a no-fly zone over the area for commercial aircraft. >> this was a double barrel whammy, as they say. >> the energy secretary sold -- told a senate panel backed an aircraft carrier arrived to detect radiation in the air and on the ground. others will monitors the sebec areas. >> we are managing teams at the consulate and military installations in japan. >> our sister station was told that it is important to provide constant oversight of our facilities here at home. >> i have already been instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to ensure that we take lessons learned from what is happening in japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this cou
along the country's northeastern coast. american military officials confirm that more u.s. service members were exposed to radiation today and treated with iodine. but because of the wind direction, several navy ships moved closer to the coast after initial pullback of radiation concerns two major aftershocks rattled japan today, causing buildings to sway in tokyo. food, water and heat shortages continue. correspondent adam housley has the latest. >> they is survived the fifth largest earthquake in history and tsunami that devoured everything in its path. now hundreds of thousands of survivors face nuclear exposure and health dangers that may not show for years. >> 11,000 micro-sievert is equivalent of the exposure you get a year if you live a normal life. if you stay in the place for one hour you may be exposed to 11,000. we have to watch this. >> radiation is leaking from two nuclear reactors along the pacific coast heavily damaged by the earthquake. on tuesday, another explosion shook the region, damaging a containment pool and exposing part or all of the nuclear fuel rods insid
in the opening minutes of the day as the u.s. stock market reacts to the nuclear crisis. >>> i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" is following the latest on the nuclear emergency in japan where it is 3:00 a.m. local time. threat level is now being called a six out of seven by the french authority of nuclear safety. a watchdog group that monitors radiation safety. chernobyl, for some perspective here, was six out of serve. three mile island was rated a five. latest explosion in unit two of the fukushima plant may be the worst yet. international atomic energy agency says there's evidence it breached the primary containment shell. that means more radiation could be leaking from that unit. the iaea says radiation levels at site have been decreasing. people living within 20 kilometers of the plant have been evacuated and are lining up to be scanned for radiation. a no-fly zone has been established around the crippled nuclear plant for 30 kilometers. global economic fears, the stock market plummeted today because of the nuclear concerns and right now the dow, let's take a look at it, is down 178 poi
. bret? >> bret: adam housley live in the early morning in japan. stay safe. thank you. in the u.s., the americans are mobilizing to help the strongest asian ally. james rose season at the state department. >> i want to reiterate america's support for people in japan. i said directly to the prime minister of japan, prime minister kan that the united states will continue to offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple disasters. >> already that assistance spans the full range of the u.s. government asset and capabilities. officials from the department of energy and the nuclear regulatory commission are working on site with the japanese counterparts. >> in particular, they have asked for additional types of equipment that will help provide water in other re sources to ensure that the reactors continue to be cool. >> we have dispatched suggest matter experts. both reactor experts and expert on emergency response. >> the u.s. agency for international development has spent nearly $750,000 on japanese relief efforts. u.s. aid rushed to the quake zone a team that includes o
of this earthquake. it's not just the u.s., this is worldwide, because, as i said, japan is a very, very important economy. look at the japanese stock market. the nikkei, second day in a row of heavy losses. down 10.6% overnight. what typically happens, it starts in the east and moves west. hong kong, down only about 3%, though on a normal day, that's a big drop in the stock market. frankfurt, the dax, down 3.4%. the cac 40 in paris, down 2.3%. london's ftse 100, 1.3. you can see as we kent west, things started to calm down on markets. the bottom line in the united states is that japan is -- it's a big trading partner, but not as crucial as a lot of other countries like china, for instance. one of the things you'll see in the united states there will be some effect on supplies of electronics, technology equipment, computers and automobiles. the biggest export that japan has to the u.s. is automobiles. and a lot of them are auto parts. that's where you will see some of the biggest effect. as for japan itself, typically after a big disaster, you see some economic slowdown, then a build up because of
been dispersing radioactive material. u.s. helicopter crews returning from relief listings have tested positive for radiation hand to be contaminated. some were given potassium iodine pills as a precaution. millions spent a fourth night with little food or water in freezing temperatures. concerned relatives wait in long lines at evacuation centers for any word of their missing loved ones. this woman fears her only son is dead. people saw the tsunami wash him away in his car. rescuers are searching for survivors. a man was pulled alive from the rubble after being buried for four days. a 70-year-old woman was rescued from another town. ran dam pinkston. >> we will have more with mike hellgren. good afternoon, mike. >> reporter: good afternoon, everybody. right now tokyo is seeing twice the level of radiation. scientists say it doesn't pose a health threat yet. the clock is ticking in japan with the nuclear plant in crisis. dangerous levels of radiation are seeping from the fukushima plant. could it make it to the u.s. it would be dispersed before it came to the united states. at the pres
radiation exposure here in the u.s. despite those concerns, the chairman of the regulatory commission explains why it is not likely the radiation could reach our country. >> based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident, we see a very low likelihood that there is any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the u.s. or in hawaii. >> that have already sent two experts to japan and have just deployed another team. the japanese government has also requested u.s. equipment to help cool the reactors. a baltimore man who is teaching in japan when the earthquake hit, chris godish, along with 400 others was forced to move into the junior high school because of the damage in the area. he said despite the food storage and unsanitary conditions, their greatest concern is radiation exposure. >> and nobody seems to know, you know, what level of risk we are at right now. they are saying there is radiation in the air. i am really concerned our health is at risk. >> godish hopes to evacuate to a safer area as soon as possible. meanwhile, his family hopes he will return to the s
. the u.s. and many other countries continue to advise their citizens against nonessential travel to this country. >> lester holt, thanks. >>> we have more now on the fears about the radiation leaking out of the damaged nuclear plant. a big part of the story, and the fear is the weather specifically, where and how the winds are blowing. these concerns are two fold. number one, surface winds, which could be very bad news in japan. number two, upper level winds coming across the pacific as they do every day toward the u.s. west coast. brian norcross is at the weather channel standing by with all of it, brian, good evening. >> first of all, the surface winds did switch as bob bazell said from the north today, that would be in the direction of tokyo. the good news is, it's going to switch quickly to come out of the northwest, that's going to push this plume offshore. really, the amounts of concentration that would move very far from the plant do not look to be a concern here at all. going on into the weekend, the pattern gets very light, and we don't think in that case that anything w
has reached out to the iaea, the international atomic energy agency and to the u.s. the japanese determined here in a desperate race to avoid a catastrophic meltdown. entire families who escaped the shadow of the doomed nuclear power reactors are coming here worried they were exposed to radiation. we were given extraordinary access to the test sites where medical teams wearing hazmat suits used megaphones to direct the parents and their children where to go. they're using geiger counters and hand-held scanners checking everyone one by one, especially the most vulnerable, the children scanning this little girl's hair, and there are countless young faces here. there are three nuclear reactors in trouble tonight at what's called the fukushima daiichi plant. just two days ago an explosion at reactor one released radioactive material into the air, then just yesterday a second blast at reactor three releasing more, and while dramatic, these are not the worst case scenarios. tonight there is new concern about reactor 2 becoming dangerously overheated. inside each of those buildings it's
low levels of radiation were detected on a u.s. navy ship more than 200 miles south of the nuclear facility. this as search and rescue continues in earnest, trapped four days this man rescued, one of the hardest hit areas. another team freed a 70-year-old woman found in her home, washed away by the tsunami. rare stories of success amid reports the official death toll topped 3,000. another scary moment earlier today, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit. we'll be monitoring the situation. diane sawyer will be live at 6:30 on "world news tonight." >>> while the situation is critical in japan experts say there are things that can be done to minimize exposure. as authorities scramble to contain reactor damage experts say science has seven ways now to treat exposure. abc's dr. richard besser talks about some possible treatment. >> reporter: eyeo dine is a very important prevention measure for radiation exposure. the reason is your thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroid hormone, regulates a lot of functions. one of the radioactive elements released early from a plant is radioactive iodine.
at that plant are considering asking the u.s. military and japanese military to use hel helicopters to spray water into the reactors. that seems a dangerous measure but as you can see this crisis is escalating jon. greg: what is being done as far as the relief efforts? >> reporter: well, there's a massive relief effort going on come nateed by the nuclear issue. we know there are a hundred thousand japanese troops involved and the u.s. military are also heavily involved in it. the carrier the reagan is off-shore with a fleet of three ships and there's many more coming particularly from okinawa the marine base. they are gearing up to help at this time. it's very difficult. the other problem we are facing now is temperatures are dropping heavily at night and that is really hindering any attempt to save these people, basically four days after the earthquake and tsunami, jon. greg: with no power or heat in a lot of peep that's got to be a terrible tribulation for the people trying to survive. david piper reporting live. jenna: david mentioned some of our response. the u.s. military moving warship
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from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capable of carrying all manner of aid or equipment. hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes along the northeast coast. the u.s. has already conducted helicopter missions along that battered coastline. and found isolated communities of survivors. >> we found essentially hundreds of people. 100 at this place, 200 at this place, 300 at this place. it's just a matter of getting them out. just like you see anywhere, they don't want to leave their home and family. >> it sounds like a lot of people, we're finding a lot of different groups. the japanese have been very well organized. a lot of firefighters, military helping people out. >> they need water, they need medicine, blankets. the practical stuff. is that what you're finding? >> yes, sir. >> the message from the u.s. side is that they
of that facility. what nare trying to avoid. in fact, there's talk they will call in the u.s. and japanese military to do some water drops on that reactor 4 in hopes of averting a catastrophe. we have also been told by the u.s. military they are confirming that they have given potassium iodine tablets to some members of the navy who, in fact, have been flying humanitarian missions. we've seen lines of people who live in that devastated area who are getting checked for radiation, and 120,000 people have been warned to stay inside. that it is simply too dangerous for them to go out right now. through all of this there are a few glimmers of hope. a 70-year-old man pulled from the rubble after five days giving people 550,000 of them who have been displaced, many of them who are missing family members a little glimmer of hope. hoping against hope that there might be one more miracle somewhere to be found for them. let me just make one more point that there's a lot of concern here, too, norah in tokyo, low levels, very low levels of radiation but enough to prompt the french government to tell its citizen
citizens to leave the capital. the austrian government is moving its embassy here to osaka. u.s. embassy officials nbc news has learned had a meeting earlier today with folks who work there, with their families to try to elay some of the concerns of americans living here in tokyo. it has been confirmed for us. we talked to people involved in the meeting that several people stood up and said, should i stay or should i go? that is the question a lot of people, especially people are asking here, and it's a very individual kind of answer. three separate families came out of the embassy in the hour that i was standing there. all of them said they were considering leaving. when i talked to james wright, who was there with his wife, his 3-year-old daughter, and 5-month-old twins, he was getting the twins' passports so that if they decided to leave, they could. how would he make that decision? here's what he told me. has the nuclear situation made you rethink staying in japan? >> well, it depends on how the wind blows, actually. >> reporter: literally? >> literally. if the wind blows this way, t
was nonexistent. kate thompson reports, they say if some radiation reached the u.s. it would be so small it would not be cause for concern. >>kate: today's danger level in the bay area on a scale of 1 to 10, one being the best and 10 being the worst, as far as radiation. >> id 0. one. >>kate: worst-case scenario everything goes wrong. what is the situation in the bay area on a scale of one to attend if that happens in today's question mark? >> 1. there shouldn't be any health hazard. to the bay area. >>kate: reporting live, kron 4 news. >>pam: on the phone to help us understand the implications of exposure to radiation, michael with the state public health. there is concern even though we are hearing from experts said it's unlikely the u.s. could really be affected by a meltdown and radiation from any plants in japan. nonetheless there is concern among the general population. what message do want to give the population. >>caller: thank you for having me, i am a spokesperson for the agency. we want people to know that according to our federal partners, with the nuclear regulatory corporation. we b
over land. u.s. helicopter crews returning from elite missions have tested positive for radiation and had to be decontaminated, some given potassium iodide pills as a precaution. millions spent a fourth night with little food and water in freezing temperatures. concerned relatives wait in long lines at evacuation centers for any word of their missing loved ones. this come fears her only son is dead -- this woman fears her only son is dead. people saw the tsunami wash him away in his car. rescue crews around the world are searching for survivors and there are moments of triumph. a man was pulled alive from the rubble after being buried for four days and a 70-year-old woman was also rescued. >>> new quakes continue to rock japan. charlie d'agata felt a 6.0 magnitude earthquake when he was reporting live with us. >> what are happening to these refugees, where are they going? [ pause ] >> well... >> reporter: i don't know did the camera just move there? because we had aftershocks. the camera did move, yes. we have had aftershocks all day. >> well, there you go. the epicenter of that q
administration officials are trying to reassure americans that u.s. nuclear facilities are safe. at the white house yesterday, press secretary jay carney and the chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission also insisted there was a "very low likelihood, to use their language, that any potential fallout from japan would ever reach u.s. soil. meanti meantime, president obama promised to continue providing japan any assistance it can as that country recovers from this disaster. take a listen. >> this is an international tragedy. and although japan is a highly advanced economy and technologically equipped to rebuild at this moment of crisis, it's important that all of us join together and n providing any help and assistance that we can in the days and months to come. >>> on capitol hill, tennessee republican lamar alexander said the u.s. should not abandon the use of nuclear power in the wake of japan's tragedy. >> it's important that we be clear about the risks that each type of energy poses. but it is also important to remember that we don't abandon highway systems because bridges and overpas
to offer u.s. assistance. here is the latest. >> in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami, a third risk now looms, fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this veekt says it's the most frightening thing but signs of what is happening at the fukushima daiichi plant are not good. all four reactors have had issues including three exposes explosions. >> the prime minister says the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take this information calmly. keep inside the house. >> japanese television echoed the warnings affecting 140,000 people. 70,000 have already evacuated. nearby test sites are checking people to see if they have been exposed to radiation. >> this woman seven i worry very much about the radiation. i don't even know what to do. even in tokyo, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels but they say it's too small to threaten people there. hillary clinton met with japan's foreign minister who expressed gratitude. >> the world comes together to support japan in th
. and, as it does so, what safe dwaurdz is the u.s. taking to protect crews from the radiation exposure here? >> reporter: yes, shep, u.s. heavily involved in the relief operations here. dealing with the post-earthquake and tsunami situation but also, concern about the people involved, regarding the radiation levels. fox news can confirm that air crewmen, again, were believed to be exposed to radiation and they were probably running the helicopters, bringing in their relief to the region, and they were given iodine pills and decontaminated and, three ships involved in the marine task force have been redirected to the west side of the island we are on, away from the exposure to radiation and other folks on bases being told to stay indoors when they can and other countries taking even more drastic steps, where the u.s. is concerned, shep. >> shepard: yes. i'm sure, and, you know, greg, we both know how cold it is here. tonight, well, this is wednesday morning, now, but wednesday night in japan, along sendai and the northeastern coast, they are expecting snow and the sizable amount of it,
of a damaged nuclear reactor to stay inside. that is the same advice the u.s. government is giving to americans in japan. meanwhile, other countries are telling their citizens to leave tokyo because of the radiation concerns. >>> as the crisis in japan goes on it was the nuclear component that could potentially do the worst damage. ening -- engineers trying to head off meltdowns. many people have already been evacuated in fears of radiation contamination. experts say it can lead to cancer. how bad people are affected depends on how close they are to the radiation source, how much radiation they were exposed to and how long that exposure lasted. >>> a westminster woman is charged with giving a fake bomb report. maryland state police say 30-year-old serinna jones called the carroll county emergency operations center monday saying there was a bomb in westminster at the courthouse. that call led authorities to evacuate buildings and shut down nearby roads. she was arrested hours later. >>> weatherwise, we've seen clouds thickening up across the state today and radar beginning to show up on maryl
from the energy industry to move ahead with these plants. despite japan, the case is that the u.s. needs more energy sources and we could build in areas without seismic activity, unlike japan and with more modern designs. there seemed to be growing acceptance of a nuclear future in the u.s. until now. so given what's happened in japan, no doubt voters are going to be a little more wary. you can see why anti-nuclear credit icks would have new wind in their stale sails. >> it makes sense people are looking closer at this. i want to go back to march. we'll listen to the president here unveiled his long-awaited plan for u.s. energy independence. >> for decades wooe've talked about how our dependence on foreign econoforeign oil affect economy. we hope our new energy policy underscores the seriousness with which my administration takes this challenge. >> so we saw the date, march 31st. t talk about timing, jessica. we know what happened three weeks later, that oil rig blew up in the gulf of mexico. so that obviously put a bit of a kink in the president's plan as he mentioned to expand o
in the form of search-and-rescue teams. usaid has dispafd 148 people and 12 rescue dogs. the u.s. military is integrally the relief efforts, "uss ronald reagan" is refueling, conducting search-and-rescue efforts and assisting with humanitarian air drops. that's the use of the military that we all love, helping others across the world. that's a great thing. relief teams have a huge job ahead of them, given the magnitude of the devastation you see every day on your screens. let's compare some satellite image that shows you the extent of is the disaster. it shows you the sendai airport about 200 miles north of the epicenter, but also flooded by the tsunami. you see the absolute devastation before and after. now, another set of images shows a village near sendai that used to be home to about 7,000 people, but was completely wiped out last friday. these pictures are stunning. and the fukushima nuclear power plant before the one-two punch released a chain reaction that is still at risk culminating in nuclear disaster, unfortunately. >>> is the fukushima dahchi plant. 30 workers remain t. they're
fire earlier in the day. also today the u.s. navy moved some of its ships to the western side of japan away from the drift of radiation. and the rising risk of exposure touched off new fears in people still shaken by the quake and tsunami. alex thomson reports from the town of ofunato, up the coast from sendai. >> reporter: every day across the quake zone the cues for food, water and petrol are getting longer and longer. >> we just want to stay away. >> reporter: now fears over radiation mean hurried plans from some to leave town. >> let's make a base here. >> reporter: today our business lay to the north. they've just managed to blast away in, bull dozing away the tsunami's wake. a place utterly surrendered to the tsunami. japan's rising sun flag in tatters on this cold sunless day. a force which would pulverize the heavy lift digger somehow leaves intact the sign pointing people to the tsunami shelter. i don't doubt that it was a place of refuge for many during those terrifying moments last friday afternoon. if they survived they can look down now on this industrial sector of their t
, the vapors could be dispersed by the time they make it into the u.s. alisyn: maria, thanks for the update at this hour. bill: from gentleman paint's putting the focus on nuclear energy. san onofre south of l.a. is saying in the event of a quake they have the necessary safeguards. >> our ability to shut it down and maintain it safely. we are not intending to operate the plan during an emergency, but you want to shut it down and protect the public. we can do that. bill: that plant sits on the edge of the ocean. experts say that ocean water is key to the operation of the plant. they pump ocean water into that reactor which has been the backup plan all along. that helps keep the reactor on the inside cool. >> very quickly the wind starts to mix with the release and it becomes dispersed. if it's blowing out to the ocean the risk is immediately diminished. but even if it's being over populated areas very quickly i would see no risk alove the safe level. bill: he says the plant can with stand an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 and it's protected by a 25-foot tsunami wall. all critical element
had help from the u.s. military. radiation leveled have sored around the complex. japanese authorities told people to seal doors and winnows and stay in home and avoid going out at all. japanese prime minister said radiation is released from the three reactors from the nuclear plant and a high risk of more radiation coming out. reactors are over heat raising the risk. japan has imposed a no fly zone over the plant. high levels of radiation in tokyo and now reportedly dropping. but just outside of tokyo there are above the normal level by 10 times. back to you in the studio. >> martha: thank you for much. david piper reporting there. >> brian: it has raised levels outside in the province. that is the kyoto news reporting that as we started the show. >> steve: some spots the radiation is 400 times higher than what a person should be exposed to in a year. the pictures are heart breaking. we'll look at the reactors that have gone hay wire. reactor one an explosion on saturday . reactor two, an exposure . reactor two yesterday. 90 percent of the core uncovered . the reactor caught fire toda
you! [ laughter ] >> couric: tonight, japan asks for u.s. help cooling nuclear reactors damaged by the earthquake as it tries desperately to prevent meltdown. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the unfolding humanitarian crisis. four days after the earthquake and tsunami, there are shortages of food and housing for the living. body bags and coffins for the growing number of dead. the search goes on for victims in towns virtually wiped off the map. and how safe are we with nuclear plants here at home built on fault lines and striking distances of tsunamis. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone, any one of them alone would be overwhelming, but japan is dealing with three crises: humanitarian, economic, and nuclear, including the possibility of a meltdown. we'll have much more about that in a moment. it's tuesday morning in japan and four days after the earthquake and tsunami. the death toll continues to rise. officially 1,900, but one local police chief estimates 10
traffic. the white house, meanwhile, says the u.s. is not calling on americans to leave tokyo because of radiation concerns. and u.s. officials say it's unlikely dangerous levels of radiation will reach hawaii or the u.s. mainland. we have extensive coverage of the disaster in japan beginning with harry smith on the nuclear crisis. >> reporter: after a day of sharp spikes, radiation levels at the earthquake stricken fukushima dai-ichi nuclear plant are said to be falling. this morning there are reports of a new fire at the plant. people throughout japan are on edge. >> ( translated ): they say we are safe but it makes me wonder. it is really safe? >> reporter: japan's prime minister, naoto kan, tried to reassure his country but he said more radiation leaks are likely and ordered those in the danger zone to seal themselves indoors. american sean scisle says his plan is to get out while he can. >> last night we packed bags in case of an emergency and, you know, just better safe than sorry. we're probably going to be getting out of fukushima prefecture either late tonight or early tomorr
's ambassador to talk more about u.s. assistance. >> the in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami a third risk now looms. fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this evacuee says that most frightening thing. nobody really knows what is happening. but signs what is happening at fukushima daiichi are not good. all four reactors have issues including three explosions. radioactive material could be leaking from the base of the reactor. the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take this information calmly. >> keep inside the work places or houses. >> they echoed the warnings affecting more than 140,000 people within a 12 mile radius. 70,000 have already evacuated. they are checking people to see if they have been exposed to radiation. >> this woman says i worry very much about radiation. i don't know what to do. even in tokyo, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels but they say the levels are too small to threaten people there. hillary clinton met with the foreign minister w
, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers out west tonight. we have all the very latest for you on the disaster in japan. it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across japan, 54 nuclear reactors, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over this past weekend, there was one explosion in one building on saturday, another just yesterday and now a third reactor is in trouble at that same facility.
on u.s. and japanese troops to help with the growing crisis at the nuclear plant. a third explosion and fire at the complex sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air. japan's prime minister is urging calm. but ordered 140,000 people living near the plant to seal themselves indoors. >> it's very traumatic. and the main thing is we don't know what to do. >> reporter: plant officials may ask military helicopters to helicopters to spray water on a fuel storage pond. so the rods inside don't release radiation. >> reporter: some have already been exposed to low levels of radiation. about 70,000 people within 12 miles of the plant have been evacuated. others outside that zone are also leaving. >> everyone is scared for their child's sake. and just trying to get their kids out first. >>> the head of the nuclear watchdog agency called the developments worrying. and said he's sending a team of experts to help. >> reporter: another powerful aftershock rocked japan as night fell. the scale of the destruction is already testing the country's limits. in the northeast, some 450,000 people ar
energy. >> it now has u.s. senators weighing in on nuclear power. >> still willing to look at nuclear. >> if we put the brakes on. >> i don't think after a major environmental catastrophe is a good time to make american domestic policy. >> should the u.s. pull the brakes on nuclear development? >> we are going to continue to seek to diversify energy supplies. >> we don't abandon highway systems because bridges and overpasses collapse during earthquakes. >>> good evening. the situation at japan's fukushima nuclear plant has gotten worse. japan's nuclear safety agency just reported an explosion has been heard at reactor unit 2. it is the third explosion in four days. the explosion is feared to have damaged the reactor's pressure suppression system and put the radiation levels over the legal limit. emergency operations to pump sea water into unit 2 had temporarily failed, exposing its fuel rods for several hours. in all, the cooling systems at three of the plant's reactors are failing, which means the fuel rods are likely melting. earlier in the day, a hydrogen explosion at another unit
situation. energy secretary steven chu does say he doesn't believe anyone in the u.s. would be in danger of radioactive material, making it all the way there. but there's concern about u.s. forces here now. some crew members, some of the u.s. navy ships, have been given some potassium iodine tablets to try to protect them from harmful effects from being exposed to radiation. >> kristin doll again, thank you very much indeed. >>> as japan races to contain this nuclear disaster, the united states remains committed to helping the stricken nation with a number of naval assets nears by. with alarming levels of radiation spreading with the wind, aid efforts are becoming more complicated. several chopper crews have been exposed to radiation, leaving some aircraft carriers to reposition west of the island. a no-fly zone imposed over the damaged reactors could hinder efforts to either cool them down or close them down, if the situation worsens. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd joins me now from the white house for the latest. >> reporter: we just got a briefing from jay carney, he
one reaer 400 times the normal amount a human should experience in a year. at the u.s. embassy this couple brought their 3-year-old and applied for passports for their twins. >> has the nuclear situation made rethink staying in japan? >> depends on how the wind blows. >> literally? >> literally. if the wind blows this way, then the quickest flight we can get. by then it's toot late. >> aid flights are starting to bring supplies to more than half a million people displaced by the disaster, many in shelters. too many still desperate for word of missing loved ones. >> my daughter was washed away. i don't know what to say. i hope my daughter is still alive somewhere. >> reporter: five days after walls of water decimated town after town, hope is dwindling. 2,000 more bodies washed away in the tsunami have now come ashore. the local hospital turned into a morgue. only the fifth floor escaping the devastation. but then the very picture of a miracle. a man buried under the rubble all this time just rescued. alive against the odds. such a wonderful thing to see. we very every day seen w
calling for an end to any nuclear construction on u.s. soil. president obama standing behind his push to pursue nuclear power as an alternative energy source while continuing to show support for japan. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. other countries are putting programs on hold in light of japan, now the white house says it's moving forward with the nuclear program here in the united states. power companies are required to produce 80% clean energy by 2035 the white house says nuclear power plants are a key part of that program. there are four reactors up for approval this year. but on capitol hill there is concern. they had a moment of silence for japan yesterday, but lawmakers are divided between a wait and see mode based on what's going on in japan and not being reactionary, as some say, creating new policies at this point. the white house brought in the chief of the nuclear regulatory commission to reassure americans that our plants are safe that they are built to withstand earthquakes, tsunamis, but not what
of radiation going to the u.s. you can see hillary clinton met with the foreign minister at a g-8 summit. >> japan is a generous donor to any disaster in the world. the world comes together to support japan in its hour of need. >> eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are on their way to japan, meantime, the navy says more of their crew members were exposed to exposed to very low levels of radiation and had to be decontaminated after delivering food, water and blankets. despite assurance that radiation from japan is highly unlikely to reach the west coast. they local pharmacies have run out of potassium iodide. >> to inject that, the thyroid gland will put you at great risk of thyroid cancer. if you take the tablet, instead of taking the radioactive iodine they will fill your thyroid gland with good iodine and the radioactive iodine respect through. >> the doctor says for us, more important preparation is to have a disaster kit that includes a kit complete with a 30 day supply of all medications you take and a communication plan for your family. >>> millions of people
unfolds, obama administration officials are trying to reassure americans u.s. nuclear facilities are safe. at the white house yesterday, press secretary jay carney and the chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission also insisted there was a very low likelihood, to use their words, that any potential fallout from japan would ever reach u.s. soil. >>> meanwhile, president obama is promising to continue providing japan with any assistance it can. >> this is an international tragedy. although japan is a highly advanced economy and technologically equipped to rebuild at this moment of crisis, it's important all of us join together in providing any help and assistance that we can in the days and months to come. >>> on capitol hill, senator lamarr alexander said the u.s. should not abandon the use of nuclear power in the wake of japan's tragedy. >> it's important we be clear about the risk each type of energy poses. but it's also important to remember we don't abandon highway systems because bridges and overpasses collapse during earthquakes. the 1.6 million of us who fly daily would not stop
from japan would hit the u.s. potassium iodine can be potentially harmful. >>> the earthquake and tsunami is one of the most documented disasters in history. amateur video of the disastrous waves continue to appear online. [ sirens ] >> we found this new video on youtube. that siren you hear alerted people to the incoming tsunami. you can see the huge wave washing into streets, taking away everything in its path. this video was reportedly shot by an american man living in tokyo. >>> here is more news video on youtube. this shows a port town of kamashi flooded by the tsunami. it devastated the town, despite its world record for the deepest break water. that's an underwater barrier stretching along its coastline, meant to decrease the size of a tsunami. >>> the official death toll jumped again today. government officials now say 3300 are confirmed dead but said there's no doubt that many more people were killed and that would include at least 10,000 people still missing. maya by state alone. some global insurers are calculating the disaster to be around $35 billion. if true, i
economic toll. today the u.s. stock market closed sharply lower. japan the world's largest economy accounts for 10% of u.s. exports. >>catherine: today officials ditch to plan and try to use helicopters to pour water into a nuclear reactor. the fire is out, there is still a lot of concern that the water to boil away. here's a timeline of events of the nuclear plant that has the world on edge. the 9.0 earthquake hits off the coast friday. the nuclear plant is in one of the hardest hit areas. the quake and tsunami knocked out regular and backup cooling systems to reactors one and three. workers began injecting sea water and boron and reactors to prevent a meltdown. saturday afternoon, a hydrogen buildup leads to an explosion. blowing the roof off the no. 1 reactor building, for workers heard. midday monday, another explosion tears through the reactor number three building. the roof and topples are destroyed, 11 people hurt. late monday, reactor no. 2 loses its cooling capability. workers in jagged see water and boron into that reactor as well. tuesday morning, an explosion in its the
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